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Price reductions at Crocus

by Sarah - February 26th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, Price Reductions.

Reduced products at Crocus

lettuce 'All Year Round' (lettuce)

lettuce ‘All Year Round’ (lettuce) was £0.99 now £0.79
Position: full sun Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil You may never need another lettuce variety again. As the name suggests, this is one you can sow and grow at any time of the year: as a general rule expect to pick your lettuces around 10 weeks after sowing. The butterhead-type heads are dense and crisp, with creamy-yellow hearts and an excellent flavour. A heritage variety introduced before 1870. Growing Instructions: Early in the season sow into trays or modules in the greenhouse or on a windowsill. Thin seedlings to 5cm apart and harden off before planting out, allowing 30cm between plants. Later in the season sow direct where they are to grow in shallow drills. Protect from slugs and cover early and late sowings with a cloche. A late sowing made in August in a coldframe or in the greenhouse borders will grow on right through winter. Sow: February-August Harvest: April-October Approximate quantity: 1400 seeds.

spinach 'Reddy' F1 (spinach)

spinach ‘Reddy’ F1 (spinach) was £1.79 now £1.29
Position: full sun Soil: fertile and moisture retentive Perfect for baby leaf salads, the dark green leaves, which are held on bright red stalks, have a deliciously sweet flavour. A very fast grower, the leaves can be ready to harvest approximately one month after sowing the seeds. It can be sown over a long period to ensure a continuous supply and is an easy to manage crop for a novice gardener. Harvesting the leaves regularly will prevent it bolting – particularly in warm weather. Growing Instructions: Sow thinly outside in spring into a well-prepared bed that has 1cm deep drills spaced at 30cm intervals. Keep the crop well watered (but not waterlogged) and thin to 7.5cm intervals for baby leaf or 15cm for larger plants. Later sowings can be done in autumn, provided the plants are kept protected by a cloche in colder weather. Alternatively grow in pots, which can be kept under glass in winter. Sow: April-May or Aug-Sept Harvest: June-August Approximate quantity: 100 seeds.

Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) 'Black Paeony' (poppy)

Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) ‘Black Paeony’ (poppy) was £1.99 now £1.49
Position: full sun Soil: well-drained, preferably poor soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to August Hardiness: hardy annual Fantastically large flowerheads are packed with dark plum (almost black), crumpled petals, which give the flower a frilly effect. These magnificent blooms sit on top of stout stems in summer and as the petals fall, attractive seed heads remain, which will add interest to the border for several months. Garden care: They tend to resent root disturbance, so sow shallowly, directly into a well prepared bed in spring and water well. As the seedlings develop, thin them out to 30cm intervals keeping just the healthiest and most robust plants. Protect the emerging seedlings from slugs and snails. The seedheads can be dried and added to winter arrangements. Sow: March-May Flowering: June-August Approximate quantity: 150 seeds.

Tagetes tenuifolia 'Golden Gem' (marigold)

Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Golden Gem’ (marigold) was £1.99 now £1.79
Position: full sun Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil or a loam-based potting compost Rate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: June to September Flower colour: deep golden-yellow Other features: contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies Hardiness: half hardy annual Producing an abundance of deep golden-yellow flowers throughout summer and well into autumn, this is a very showy annual, that can be used as a companion plant in the rose garden and vegetable patch to help repel aphids. They have a compact habit so make ideal edging and look fantastic in containers. The petals are edible and can be scattered over salads. Ideal for children as it is easy to grow. Choose a sunny, well-drained site and remember to deadhead regularly to keep it flowering. Garden care: Sow shallowly into moist but not wet seed compost and keep warm until after germination has taken place. When large enough to handle transplant into small pots, and grow on in cooler conditions. Gradually acclimatise before planting out at 30cm intervals after all risk of frost has passed. Later sowings can be done direct into a well-prepared bed. Sow: February – May Flowering: June – September Approximate quantity: 225 seeds.

Marigold 'Key Lime' (marigold Key Lime)

Marigold ‘Key Lime’ (marigold Key Lime) was £2.99 now £2.49
Position: full sun Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil or a loam-based potting compost Rate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: June to September Flower colour: vibrant yellow with a green flush Other features: contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies Hardiness: half hardy annual These easy to grow annuals will put on a dazzling, summer-long display in a sunny border or patio pot. The flowers, which appear in profusion, top tall stems and emerge with a distinctive green flush. Great for the novice gardener, the flowers last well after being cut and will add a vibrant contrast to most hot shades, as well as purples and plums. Garden care: Sow shallowly into moist but not wet seed compost and keep warm until after germination has taken place. When large enough to handle transplant into small pots and grow on in cooler conditions. Gradually acclimatise before planting out at 30cm intervals after all risk of frost has passed. Later sowings can be done direct into a well-prepared bed. Sow: February – May Flowering: June – September Approximate quantity: 50 seeds